Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth

England round up Australian tail

The Report by Daniel Brettig

December 14, 2013

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Australia 385 (Smith 111, Warner 60, Haddin 55, Broad 3-100) v England
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England rounded up Australia's tail for the addition of 59 runs on the second morning of the third Ashes Test on a noticeably quickening WACA Ground pitch.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson pursued a fuller length than that of the first day, and were rewarded with a series of edges that either found the slips cordon or squeezed through gaps - very few runs were found anywhere else.

Mitchell Johnson was out to his second ball of the morning, snicking a beautifully pitched delivery from Broad that curved subtly in before seaming the other way and going through to Matt Prior.

Steve Smith could add only eight to his overnight 103, getting the faintest of inside edges to an Anderson ball that moved back at him. The umpire Marais Erasmus declined the appeal, but the evidence of HotSpot and Realtime Snicko was enough for the decision to be reversed under the DRS. Smith walked off shaking his head.

Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle also perished to edges though not before he and Nathan Lyon added a pesky 31 for the last wicket, leaving England with 25 minutes to bat on a morning where temperatures at the ground soared past 40C.

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Posted by   on (December 14, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

England needs a 100 plus lead in the first innings. Otherwise getting even 250 in the 4 innings chasing will be tough for England. But looks like another less than 5 days match.. Johnson willing....

Posted by Mitty2 on (December 14, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

Lol England's last six innings batting first at Perth: 244, 295, 112, 185, 215, 187 with their average score 206/10. A miracle would be an understatement for Eng to save, or even win, this match.

Posted by Mitty2 on (December 14, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

England finally found the right length, just too bad it showed how much is in this pitch for our bowlers. England require their highest first innings total for the series just to avoid the follow on lol and we have never lost a WACA Test having scored this many runs batting first. Good luck England.

Ah as I speak Cook dropped by Smith - when was the last time we dropped a catch this series?

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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